Interesting news reached the community from UK today.
As The Guardian reports and The Register confirmed (in his very own way - as always), Motorola seems to work on a Windows Powered (or even Windows Mobile) Smartphone to be released by Orange later this year:
From The Guardian:
"Orange and Motorola yesterday announced they were increasing cooperation in a move which is a blow to the ambitions of Microsoft to gain a significant position in the mobile market."
While The Register comments it with:
"According to our sources Motorola is readying the launch of its own MS-powered smartphone. If this is correct, Microsoft will have won an important endorsement from the world's second biggest mobile phone maker."
Well, if this is true Microsoft won a major partner for its Smartphone platform As good the HTC's Compal's and other ODMs are to develop and manufacture devices as less strong is their brand; even if it is labeled with a carrier brand. Terminal brands are even stronger than carrier brands (we have to see it realistic - a Nokia phone is already pre-sold just because it's a Nokia while you have to find good arguments for carrier branded devices; even if they are not worse compared to typical OEM devices).
So introducing a Motorola/Orange co-branded phone with the underlying Smartphone platform would boost the Smartphone recognition for sure.
Again, all this stuff are rumors and I haven't heard any official comments from Microsoft, Motorola or Orange but it might be true. Maybe anybody from Motorola could comment it (even under NDA - feel free to contact me ;-)) as my log-files clearly shows me a lot of visitors from motorola.com. :idea:
Cheers ~ Arne
Related Links : [The Guardian] [The Register] Source : [smartphony.org]